Prosecutors: Port Byron man disguised risky drugs as dietary supplements

50-year-old Matthew Greacen pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the FDA

PORT BYRON (WSYR-TV) - A Port Byron man accused of selling dangerous drugs, disguised as dietary supplements has been sentenced in Federal court.

50-year-old Matthew Greacen pleaded guilty in a conspiracy to defraud the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Prosecutors say he illegally manufactured and sold pro-hormone/designer steroids using raw drug powders from China, that were shipped to his business in Skaneateles called Nature's Chemistry. 

Greacen was sentenced in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia because investigators say that's where the illegal imports first arrived in the U.S. before being shipped to various destinations across the country.

Greacen will serve two years on probation with four months of home confinement. He was also ordered to forfeit $55,000.

Prosecutors say a co-conspirator in the case, James Mills, was previously sentenced to two years of probation and a $1,000 fine.

"Selling dangerous drugs disguised as harmless dietary supplements places the health of U.S. consumers at risk," wrote Mark A. McCormack in a news release on behalf of the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations. "Our office will continue to pursue and bring to justice those who ignore this very real threat to public health."

Greacen's arrest was part of a bigger investigation into the shipments from China. Investigators say the powder contained a dangerous drug called methasterone, commonly known as Superdrol. But, it was illegally marketed as a nutritional supplement.

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